I have been reading a lot about Writer's Workshop lately. I don't do a formal workshop right now. Of course we've done writing this year, and we've had elements of a workshop, but it has been very directed by me. The students write the assignments I give them using the topics or genres I teach them. I'm wondering about a wide open Workshop where I teach mini-lessons and then leave the students to do their independent writing. How do you hold students accountable? I'm worried about a few of mine that wouldn't write ANYTHING. I honestly have some that could just sit then entire time. How do you teach students to get started and what sort of method do you use to ensure people are writing, because from what I'm reading it seems as though the teacher is supposed to be conferencing? Or am I misunderstanding my role?